Fatma Sultan (daughter of Selim I)

Fatma Sultan (Ottoman Turkish: فاطمہ سلطان, "One who abstains"; c. 1490c. 1566) was an Ottoman princess, daughter of Selim I and Hafsa Sultan. She was the sister of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent.

Fatma Sultan
Bornc. 1490
Trabzon, Ottoman Empire
Diedc. 1566(1566-00-00) (aged 75–76)
Bursa, Ottoman Empire
Kara Ahmed Pasha Türbe
Mustafa Pasha
(m. 1516; div. 1520)
(m. 1522; died 1555)
(m. 1562; died 1563)
IssueSecond marriage
Two daughters disputed
FatherSelim I
MotherHafsa Sultan
ReligionSunni Islam


She was first married in 1516 to Mustafa Pasha, governor of Antakya; however they divorced when it turned out that he was homosexual and had no interest in her.[1]

Then, she married in 1522 to Kara Ahmed Pasha, who was the Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire between 1553 and 1555, and they had two daughters. After his execution, she went to live in Bursa or, according to other sources, was forcibly married in 1562 to Hadim Ibrahim Pasha, presumably as a punishment for her intrigues. However, it turned out to be the happiest of all her marriages.

Fatma Sultan built a mosque in Topkapı.[2] Fatma died around 1566 [3] and was buried in Kara Ahmed Pasha's tomb. In 1575 Murad III build Fatma Sultan Mosque in honor of his great-aunt.

Depictions in literature and popular cultureEdit

In the TV series Muhteşem Yüzyıl, Fatma Sultan is played by Turkish actress Meltem Cumbul.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Peirce 1993, p. 304.
  2. ^ Uluçay 1992, p. 56.
  3. ^ Haremden Mektuplar.

Further readingEdit

  • Peirce, Leslie P. (1993). The imperial harem : women and sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire. New York. ISBN 0-19-507673-7. OCLC 27811454.
  • Uluçay, M. Çağatay (1992). Padişahların kadınları ve kızları. Ötüken.